Tours in Aalesund, Norway

Tours of Olesund in 2023

Excursion tour to Norway, Sweden and Finland with a visit to the glacier Brixdal from St. Petersburg on the route: Helsinki – Turku – Stockholm – Oslo – Geilo – Bergen – Flom – Sognefjord – Brixdal – Geirangerfjord – “Eagle Path” – Olesund.

Excursion bus tour to Norway with a visit to Bergen and glacier Justedalsbreen from St. Petersburg itinerary: Helsinki – Turku – (ferry Tallink Silja) – Stockholm – Oslo – Odda – Stavanger – Bergen – Flom – Nurfjord – Brixdal – glacier Justedalsbreen – Olesund – Otto / Lillehammer.

Excursion tour in Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark from St. Petersburg on the route: Tallinn – Stockholm – Oslo – Sognefjord – Eidfjord – Stavanger – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Oslo – Copenhagen – Turku – Helsinki.

Norway Excursion tour from St. Petersburg en route: Oslo – Sognefjord – Eidfjord – Stavanger – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Lillehammer.

Excursion tour to Norway and Denmark from St. Petersburg en route: Oslo – Sognefjord – Eidfjord – Stavanger – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Copenhagen.

Excursion tour in Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Finland from St. Petersburg en route: Tallinn – Stockholm – Oslo – Sognefjord – Eidfjord – Stavanger – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Oslo – Orebro – Turku – Helsinki.

Norway Excursion tour from St. Petersburg en route: Oslo – Sognefjord – Bergen – Nordfjord – Briksdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Lillehammer.

Excursion tour to Norway and Denmark from St. Petersburg en route: Oslo – Sognefjord – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Copenhagen.

Excursion tour to Norway from St. Petersburg en route: Bergen – Sognefjord – Brixdal – Nordfjord – Geirangerfjord – Olesund – Runde.

Excursion tour to Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark from St. Petersburg en route: Helsinki – Stockholm – Oslo – Sognefjord – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Copenhagen – Turku.

Excursion tour to Finland, Sweden, Norway from St. Petersburg en route: Helsinki – Stockholm – Oslo – Sognefjord – Bergen – Nordfjord – Brixdal – Geiranger – Olesund – Orebro – Turku.

Norway sightseeing tour from St. Petersburg en route: Ålesund – Runde – Geirangerfjord – Brixdal – Nordfjord – Sognefjord – Bergen.

Excursion tour to Norway from St. Petersburg en route: Stavanger – Lysefjord – Hardangerfjord – Bergen – Sognefjord – Nordfjord – Brikedal – Geirangerfjord – Olesund.

Excursion tour to Norway from St. Petersburg en route: Aalesund – Runde – Geirangerfjord – Brikedal – Nordfjord – Sognefjord – Bergen – Ullensvang – Hardangerfjord – Stavanger – Lisefjord.

Ålesund is one of the most beautiful cities in Norway and without a doubt the most original. It is situated on seven islands in the Norwegian Sea, at the mouth of the famous Geirangerfjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To connect the different parts of the city, bridges and three underground tunnels were built at depths ranging from 140 to 160 meters and a total length of over 12 kilometers.

The first settlements on this site appeared as early as the middle of the 15th century. Until 1823, the village was called Borgesund, and on January 1, 1848, Olesund received city status. In the winter of 1904, a terrible fire broke out in the town. It grew with incredible speed and soon covered the whole town. About 850 houses were destroyed, thousands of people were left homeless, but despite all the difficulties, construction began very soon. In an incredibly short period of time, between 1904 and 1907, the city was rebuilt, also with the financial help of German Emperor Wilhelm II. In the small village of Eje, on the picturesque banks of the Jurunnfjord, is the historic Union Eje Hotel. The emperor loved to visit here, considering Jurunnfjord the most beautiful of Norway’s fjords for its majestic, rugged beauty. Not surprisingly, one of Olesund’s main streets is named after William II. The new city was striking in its beauty. In place of the burnt-out houses grew buildings in a single style – fashionable at the time “Art Nouveau”, which is more commonly referred to as “Art Nouveau”. Characteristic of the new look of the city were colorful towers, countless spires and medieval ornaments. Olesund is so beautiful that organized even a two-hour walking tour of the city, where experienced guides will lead you through the most beautiful streets and show the most amazing buildings.

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But walking around the city is not the only thing that can attract tourists to Olesund. Excursions offered to tourists, so diverse that everyone can find something interesting for themselves. Right from Olesund you can go on a cruise on the Geirangerfjord, surrounded by high sheer cliffs and glaciers, which is considered the most beautiful in Norway. This fjord is famous for its waterfalls, the most famous of which are the Seven Sisters, the Bridegroom and the Veil of the Bride. Tourists are also offered a tour “Sea Fishing”, where everyone can try himself as a fisherman. You will go to sea on a comfortable yacht and if desired, you can make stops on several islands. For example, you can stop on the island of Runde. This place is notable for the fact that it is home to a huge number of seabirds, about 230 species. On the island, they build their nests and incubate their chicks. You can watch the life of birds from the boat, as well as from a special viewing platform.

Olesund is rightly considered one of the largest centers of the fishing industry in Norway. See this quite simply: walking along the promenade of the picturesque Brusunde Canal, which crosses the city in its central part, you will be amazed at the number of fishing boats and small fishing huts, where they sell fresh fish and other gifts of the sea. You see it by looking at the wooden boat storage sheds, restored and used as hotels, restaurants and even lodging. You discover it in any of the many restaurants in the city, where the gifts of the sea are given the most honorable place on the menu. The Fisheries Museum, located in a restored warehouse building at the entrance to the Old Harbor, will also tell you about maritime life in Olesund. If you are lucky, you may have the unique opportunity to taste fish oil. It usually leaves a lasting impression.

Olesund has the largest oceanarium in northern Europe. The complex consists of a dozen aquariums with sea life, the largest of which is the cod and salmon aquarium. From time to time a scuba diver swims in and puts on a peculiar show: he starts hand-feeding the huge fish. In designing the aquarium Norwegian engineers have found an original solution – they just cut off a part of the ocean from the people with glass, so that now it is not clear who is looking at whom – we are looking at the fish, or the fish at us?

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In the City Museum you can learn about the history of Olesund. Here you can learn about the disastrous fire in 1904, the subsequent reconstruction and development of the city. Of great interest to tourists is the Sunnmøre Ethnographic Museum, located 4 km from Olesund. On its territory there are about 50 buildings belonging to different historical periods. Here you can see churches and wooden houses, peasant outfits and even a collection of Viking-era boats. If you are alert and full of energy, the observation deck on Mount Aksla offers a breathtaking panorama of Ålesund. The mountain is 180 meters high, and there are 418 steep steps leading up to the top, which is a good workout.

Ålesund is a northern city at 62 degrees North latitude, but thanks to the warm current of the Gulf Stream the sea never freezes and the climate is mild. The summer tourist season, warm and sunny, lasts from the second half of June to late August.

Norway’s Magnificent Fjords, 11 days

All the best to see in the country of fjords – in one program! Unique attractions, fascinating route, the entire sightseeing program is included, dinners in the mountains and in the fjords. Comfortable bus. Careful choice of hotels. Unforgettable experience!

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About tour

This tour most fully covers all the major fjordic beauties of Norway in the Oslo-Stavanger-Olesund triangle, including those rarely visited by tourists. We will drive along the magnificent Rv520 mountain road, swim in the Sognefjord, visit the “Old Struen Road” and the Dalsnibba Lookout, touch the blue ice of the Nygard Glacier, and admire the most beautiful fjords, mountain valleys and waterfalls.

The time frame made it possible to include rather long hikes: through the valley of Hüsedalen waterfalls and to Preikestulen rock. I should note, however, that the ascent to Preikestulen can hardly be called a “walk”: the way to the cherished goal – an overhanging cliff face on the Lysefjord – requires a certain physical form.

See you in Norway,

Program

Self-guided flight to Oslo. At 1:00pm, meet the group leader in the arrivals hall of Gardemoen Airport. Transfer to the city center. Accommodation in hotel Thon Cecil. Oslo sightseeing tour. Exploration of the evening city.

Breakfast at hotel. Visit to museums “Viking ships”, “Fram” and “Kon-Tiki”. 12.00 Departure from Oslo. Hallingdal valley and the Hardangerwidda mountain plateau. Accommodation in the hotel Fossli by the waterfall Veringsfossen. Possible hike along the old historical road along the Mobödalen valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Descent to Eidfjord. From Kinsarvik walk through the picturesque Hüssedalen waterfalls valley (3 hours). Lunch at the Ullensvang hotel. Then along the “Waterfall Road” along the shores of Eidfjord and Surfjord. Observation of the panorama of the Folgefonna glacier and Lotefossen waterfall. Start on the “Road of Fjords” with a stop at Svandalsfossen waterfall and crossing Sandsfjord on the newly built bridge, one of the highest in Norway. Dinner and overnight at the Ryfylke Fjordhotel on the banks of the Sandsfjord.

Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of the exciting journey along the “Road of the Fjords”. A stop near Lysefjord. Hike to the top of the famous Preikestulen (“Priest’s pulpit”) or rest on the lake shore. Drive through the longest and deepest underwater tunnel in the world. Getting to know Stavanger. Transfer to Haugesund. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Quality Hotel Maritim on the main promenade of this picturesque seaside town.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Crossing islands, straits, and fjord mouths, the “South Atlantic Road” leads to the “capital of the fjords,” Bergen. On the way – visit to the museum-estate of E. Grieg. Sightseeing tour of Bergen. Free time. Transfer to Sognefjord area. Accommodation in hotel Brekkestranda Fjordhotel on the shore of Sognefjord. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Olesund with crossings over Sognefjord, Nurfjord and Sturfjord. On the way a helicopter tour over the glacier is possible (extra charge). Accommodation at Quality Hotel Alesund in the center of Ålesund. City tour. Free time.

Breakfast at the hotel. Journey via Ondalsnes and the famous “Troll Road” to the shore of Nordalsfjord. Ferry crossing over the fjord. Panorama of Geiranger from the “Road of Eagles”. Ascent to the mountain plateau Dalsnibba. Accommodation in the mountain hotel Videseter. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive along the panoramic “Old Strune Road”. Cruise along the majestic Geirangerfjord with a view of “Seven Sisters”, “Bridegroom” and “Veil of the Bride” waterfalls (1 hour). Transfer to Sognefjord with stops at Fjarlandsfjord and Boyabreen Glacier. Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Sogndal in Sogndal. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Nygardsbreen glacier. Lunch. Crossing Sognefjord. Walk around Laerdal. “Snow Road”, panorama of Aurlandsfjord. Free time in Flom, possibility to visit stores and brewery. Ascent to Stålheim. Dinner and overnight in Stalheim hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Descent along the Stalheim Road with panoramic views. Cruise along Nerofjord and Aurlandsfjord, two of the most beautiful arms of Sognefjord (2 hours), drive through the world’s longest tunnel (24,5 km). Transfer to Oslo with stops at Borgunda Church and Tyrifjord. Accommodation at Scandic Hotel Oslo City in central Oslo. Free time in Oslo.

Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to Gardemoen Airport by high-speed Flytoget train SU2175 (20 min., NOK204). Departure to Moscow at 13:00. End of the program.

Note: Tourists arriving by earlier/late flights from Oslo have to check-in before 12:00, transfer to the airport by oneself.

Cost of the tour

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  • transfers airport – Oslo – airport
  • tours in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen
  • Accommodation in double rooms with breakfast
  • Cruises on Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord, 10 ferry crossings
  • boat trip to Nygardsbreen glacier
  • program museum visit in Oslo
  • visit to the museum-estate of E. Grieg
  • comfortable bus on the program
  • 7 dinners and 2 lunches
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Extras
visa registration 80
insurance 11
Airfare St. Petersburg/Moscow-Oslo-St. Petersburg/Moscow from 300
surcharge for 1st row in the bus 100
surcharge for 2nd row in the bus 50
Helicopter trip (15 min)! Booked in advance! 150

Booking conditions

It is necessary to send us a request for booking the tour. Our managers will contact you to get all the details for billing and contract.

If you pay in advance (not less than 30%) within the time specified in the confirmation invoice, the tour is considered booked and you will be assigned to the coach places which are shown in the confirmation. Final payment – no later than one month before the start of the tour.

Attention! Skandika is not responsible for delays, cancellations and changes of flights. The tour begins and ends in Oslo on the designated dates.

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Practical recommendations

Weather/Wear

The weather in Norway is variable and unpredictable. When traveling through time and space need to be prepared for any surprises (both positive and negative): you can drive the whole trip in the sun and enjoy the vast blue sky, but it’s rather the realm of fantasy. Rain, wind or fog should not be a surprise. The most likely temperature range in June-August is 15-20°C. It may be a little cooler, sometimes hot (25-30 ° C). In the mountains, at altitudes over 1000 m, always 3-5 ° C cooler. On cruises and ferries it is always windy. According to this you should plan your closet: make sure you have thermal insulation (sweater or warm jacket) and make sure you have protection from the rain (umbrella, waterproof jacket or raincoat). For those who like swimming will be appropriate swimwear. There is no dress code at dinners in hotels. Clothing can be quite democratic, but sports and beach wear is hardly acceptable.

Hiking/Hiking Shoes.

All tours include hikes of some length and difficulty. None of them are compulsory and always have an alternative in the form of less active recreation. Athletic shoes (sneakers) are highly recommended for nature walks, as the trail can be slippery, wet, and rocky.

Currency/Cash

The national currency in circulation in the country is the Norwegian krone (NOK). The exchange rate of the krone to the euro fluctuates between 9.0 and 9.5. Euros are also accepted in large stores, on board airplanes, in tourist centers, but it is more advantageous to pay in national currency or by card. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, but you still need some cash (for example, to buy strawberries or cherries en route). There are practically no exchange offices in the country, so one can either buy kroons before the trip or change them in the bank at the airport of arrival (at the arrival hall near the exit from the customs zone), or withdraw them at any ATM.

Room amenities

Guaranteed: clean linens, towels, soap/universal shampoo, glasses. Some hotels have hair dryers, televisions, minibars, and safes in the rooms. We recommend that you bring your own hair dryer and shampoo/conditioner for sensitive hair.

Mains voltage/outlets

The mains voltage is 220 volts. The plugs are the usual European plugs.

Internet

In all hotels along the route you have free wireless internet (Wi-Fi).

Throughout Norway, tap water is potable.

The above recommendations answer only the most frequently asked questions. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your chosen tour.

About tour

This tour most fully covers all the major fjordic beauties of Norway in the Oslo-Stavanger-Olesund triangle, including those rarely visited by tourists. We will drive along the magnificent Rv520 mountain road, swim in the Sognefjord, visit the “Old Struen Road” and the Dalsnibba Lookout, touch the blue ice of the Nygard Glacier, and admire the most beautiful fjords, mountain valleys and waterfalls.

The time frame made it possible to include rather long hikes: through the valley of Hüsedalen waterfalls and to Preikestulen rock. I should note, however, that the ascent to Preikestulen can hardly be called a “walk”: the way to the cherished goal – an overhanging cliff face on the Lysefjord – requires a certain physical form.

See you in Norway,

Program

Self-guided flight to Oslo. At 1:00pm, meet the group leader in the arrivals hall of Gardemoen Airport. Transfer to the city center. Accommodation in hotel Thon Cecil. Oslo sightseeing tour. Exploration of the evening city.

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Breakfast at hotel. Visit to museums “Viking ships”, “Fram” and “Kon-Tiki”. 12.00 Departure from Oslo. Hallingdal valley and the Hardangerwidda mountain plateau. Accommodation in the hotel Fossli by the waterfall Veringsfossen. Possible hike along the old historical road along the Mobödalen valley. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Descent to Eidfjord. From Kinsarvik walk through the picturesque Hüssedalen waterfalls valley (3 hours). Lunch at the Ullensvang hotel. Then along the “Waterfall Road” along the shores of Eidfjord and Surfjord. Observation of the panorama of the Folgefonna glacier and Lotefossen waterfall. Start on the “Road of Fjords” with a stop at Svandalsfossen waterfall and crossing Sandsfjord on the newly built bridge, one of the highest in Norway. Dinner and overnight at the Ryfylke Fjordhotel on the banks of the Sandsfjord.

Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of the exciting journey along the “Road of the Fjords”. A stop near Lysefjord. Hike to the top of the famous Preikestulen (“Priest’s pulpit”) or rest on the lake shore. Drive through the longest and deepest underwater tunnel in the world. Getting to know Stavanger. Transfer to Haugesund. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at the Quality Hotel Maritim on the main promenade of this picturesque seaside town.

Breakfast at the hotel. Crossing islands, straits, and fjord mouths, the “South Atlantic Road” leads to the “capital of the fjords,” Bergen. On the way – visit to the museum-estate of E. Grieg. Sightseeing tour of Bergen. Free time. Transfer to Sognefjord area. Accommodation in hotel Brekkestranda Fjordhotel on the shore of Sognefjord. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Olesund with crossings over Sognefjord, Nurfjord and Sturfjord. On the way a helicopter tour over the glacier is possible (extra charge). Accommodation at Quality Hotel Alesund in the center of Ålesund. City tour. Free time.

Breakfast at the hotel. Journey via Ondalsnes and the famous “Troll Road” to the shore of Nordalsfjord. Ferry crossing over the fjord. Panorama of Geiranger from the “Road of Eagles”. Ascent to the mountain plateau Dalsnibba. Accommodation in the mountain hotel Videseter. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive along the panoramic “Old Strune Road”. Cruise along the majestic Geirangerfjord with a view of “Seven Sisters”, “Bridegroom” and “Veil of the Bride” waterfalls (1 hour). Transfer to Sognefjord with stops at Fjarlandsfjord and Boyabreen Glacier. Accommodation at the Quality Hotel Sogndal in Sogndal. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Nygardsbreen glacier. Lunch. Crossing Sognefjord. Walk around Laerdal. “Snow Road”, panorama of Aurlandsfjord. Free time in Flom, possibility to visit stores and brewery. Ascent to Stålheim. Dinner and overnight in Stalheim hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Descent along the Stalheim Road with panoramic views. Cruise along Nerofjord and Aurlandsfjord, two of the most beautiful arms of Sognefjord (2 hours), drive through the world’s longest tunnel (24,5 km). Transfer to Oslo with stops at Borgunda Church and Tyrifjord. Accommodation at Scandic Hotel Oslo City in central Oslo. Free time in Oslo.

Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to Gardemoen Airport by high-speed Flytoget train SU2175 (20 min., NOK204). Departure to Moscow at 13:00. End of the program.

Note: Tourists arriving by earlier/late flights from Oslo have to check-in before 12:00, transfer to the airport by oneself.

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